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MSc Global Politics

MSc Global Politics

We live in an increasingly globalised world. Nuclear proliferation, terrorism, failed states, global poverty and inequality, financial market instability, biodiversity losses, and climate change - are among the global challenges we face and which demand global cooperation if they are to be to adequately resolved.

The MSc Global Politics provides students with the tools to understand and critically assess these challenges and the forms of cooperation required to address them.

The core modules and content concentrate on the institutional drivers of global politics and offer an incisive overview of the main theoretical and applied moral debates concerning the ethics of globalization. Optional modules are available from across the School of Government and International Affairs, including CPD modules from Durham Global Security Institute. It may also be possible to choose modules from other departments with approval of the programme director, for example Anthropology of Global Health, Environmental Economics and Policy or Fundamentals of International Law.

Politics at a crossroads

Professor David Held

We are at a crossroads. One road points to the inexorable rise of authoritarianism, while another opens up a more hopeful cosmopolitan future. The path to authoritarianism can be created by the dangerous drift in the world order, and a search for decisive solutions from ‘strong man’ leaders faced with a world that is seemingly out of control and where a retreat to the familiar (and away from the Other) offers a tempting way forward.

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MSc Global Politics

MSc Global Politics

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School of Government & International Affairs Taught Postgraduate Student Experience

School of Government & International Affairs Taught Postgraduate Student Experience

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Postgraduate Prospectus 2018

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What our students say

The close-knit nature of the Global Politics MSc has allowed me to closely engage both with our lecturers, and fellow students in the program. The course has inspired us to debate economic and moral issues pertaining to World politics long after classes are over and made me feel part of an intellectual community not simply enrolled in a degree.

Sam George

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